There are a lot of ways to change our mind states. We Americans love our drugs... caffeine, alcohol, pot, Vicodin, Asprin, Ritalin and so many more. Most of us have our drugs of choice. Over time, I’m going to present other ways of experiencing the same effects we get from our drugs. I’m intend this will become a whole set of Articles with more and more techniques offered to help us “replace” our external dependencies. If you have a technique that I haven’t written yet go ahead and put it into comments. I will test the ones which interest me the most and if they work for me I will add them to the official articles recognizing you as the source!
The Pain Loop Technique (Closing Loop Technique)
I’ve seen this one from a few sources over the years. Probably the most concise description I’ve seen (All evidence to the contrary, I AM a fan of brevity) is from Clint Hollingsworth in his Webcomic: Wandering Ones. (Clint gets a lot of stuff right… I strongly recommend you read the whole comic). To bastardize his quote:
- Visualize the pain you are experiencing as a shape. Make sure ALL of the pain is expressed in this shape. Next, envision a cord wrapping all around the pain. Breathing purposefully, see the cord being drawn tighter and tighter shrinking the pain shape until it’s a tiny, dense marble. Exhale the marble out.
Visualized 3rd Eye Breath Pump
My other preference is to close my eyes, open my 3rd eye and allow my subconscious to express physical status as clouds of differently colored energy inside me. It’s amazing how much our body feels that we aren’t usually aware of! Then I begin breathing as if my breath is a pump which brings in energy as I breathe in, and draws it out as I breathe out. Moving my focus from pool to pool, I will breathe out energy which is unpleasant and breathe energy in to pleasant feelings. The more you do this the more detail you will receive!
A nice side effect of this is that after a time you will begin being able to open your third eye to see OTHER people’s status. With our subconscious helping we can little by little learn to apply filters. For example, "please show me emotions without anything else." Or, "please show me pleasure" (Ooh… gonna have to try this one during sex…). Yes, I say please to myself. I find the niceties like please and thank you help me appreciate my experiences.
Being in the Experience
This is probably my most commonly used technique. I don’t even have think about it anymore. Say you stub your toe. Stop fighting the pain and just completely feel it. Dive right in and experience it fully. Listen to what it has to say. When you’re listening to your body it stops screaming to get your attention. The pain quiets down amazingly quickly this way.
This even works for consistent pain. I recently had a tooth pulled and I was driving down the road when it started throbbing. At the next light, I dove into the experience and listened. I “heard” my bodies complaints, I felt the pain and I sympathized with the damage. I couldn’t do anything to change this situation, so I expressed this and asked my body to let me know if there was something differently wrong like an infection or if I was doing something to damage it more. In trade my body just took the general pain away. Literally from that moment forth I had no pain… period! Since I was aware of the situation my body didn’t waste effort telling me about it anymore!
Power Before Wisdom